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January 31, 2011
Toronto to unveil poster of Canadian baseball pitcher Fergie Jenkins
In celebration of Black History Month in Toronto, Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday will unveil a poster that celebrates the contribution of Fergie Jenkins, the first Canadian pitcher to win Major League Baseball's Cy Young Award and the first Canadian to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Fergie played major league ball from 1965 to 1983. He is one of only four major league pitchers to have struck out more than 3,000 batters while walking fewer than 1,000 batters over the course of his career. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday will present the poster to Fergie Jenkins after it has been unveiled. In turn, Fergie Jenkins will present a Fergie Jenkins stamp to the City of Toronto. The stamp, designed by Victoria’s Lara Minja and printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper, is being released by Canada Post on February 1 for Black History Month.

Date: Thursday, February 3
Time: Noon
Location: Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

After the unveiling, the stamp will be for sale (in booklets of 10) in the City Hall Rotunda. Fergie Jenkins will also sign autographs. The poster will be available for purchase by calling 416-392-0811 or by e-mailing

Since 1993, the City of Toronto has recognized the achievements of distinguished Canadians of African descent with a poster series that profiles their contributions. More information about the Contributions of African Canadians poster series is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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